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COST Action CA15220

Title: Quantum Technologies in Space
Duration: 20/10/2016-19/10/2020
Project coordinators: Dr. Angelo Bassi (University of Trieste) and Prof. Mauro Paternostro (Queen's University Belfast)

Principal Investigators: Mario Ziman
Homepage: http://www.qtspace.eu

Project Goals: Quantum theory and space science form building blocks of a powerful research framework for exploring the boundaries of modern physics through the unique working conditions offered by experimental tests performed in space. Space-based sources of entangled photons promise the formation of global quantum communicationetworks, long-distance tests of quantum theory and the interplay between relativity and quantum entanglement. Long free-fall times enable high- precision tests of general relativity and tests of the equivalence principle for quantum systems. Harnessing microgravity, high vacuum and low temperature of deep space promises allowing the study of deviations from standard quantum theory for high-mass test particles. Space-based experiments of metrology and sensing will push the precision of clocks, mass detectors and transducers towards the engineering of novel quantum technologies. Our particular contribution is theoretical and covers the following research goals:
  • Development of communication protocols over quantum networks
  • Optimization of quantum networks
  • Development of verification and testing algorithms

Researchers: Vladimír Bužek, Daniel Reitzner, Michal Sedlák, Peter Rapčan, Tomáš Rybár, Daniel Nagaj, Andrej Gendiar, Roman Krčmár, Mário Ziman,